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Central Market Hall, Budapest

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The largest and oldest indoor market in the city, Central Market Hall, offers a variety of food, candy, spirits, and souvenir stalls. Let your mouth water as you wander the first floor of this Neo-Gothic building past fresh produce, meats, sweets, spices, liquors, and wine. The second floor houses mostly souvenir shops and eateries, and the basement features butcher shops, a fish market, and pickled goods. Built in 1897 and restored in the 1990s, this market was the idea of Budapest's first mayor, Karoly Kamermayer, and is now one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. Try local specialties, such as deep-fried lángos. Put Central Market Hall on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Budapest travel itinerary planner.
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  • Since the market hall anyway was on our way to the city centre, we went into it too. Many market stalls, but offering the same for the most part. Designed everything to tourists. An Aldi is located in the basement. The building itself is very nice.
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  • Very good covered market. On the ground floor we find all food products: vegetables, fruit and meat. The fruits are not necessarily expensive and fruit cups that sell some stalls are very good. On the first floor we find memories, a lot of memories but be careful because the prices are not the same. So to look and compare!
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  • Great place to buy souvenirs, fruits, paprika, crafts, etc! Has it all! Search prices before buying because the values vary. I like to know but I have never been treated so badly in my entire life! Especially in the place that sells Langos (you can't miss it, is the only one on the market at the top) and a box that was selling t-shirts! It was scary!
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  • The building is really nice, but this is definitely a tourist trap. The downstairs had loads of fresh food, that looked reasonably priced. The upstairs had overpriced "street food", and was very crowded, so it was hard to get served and there was no where to sit. I ordered a wrap, which after the server added a few extras came to over £10! (More than a restaurant with table service!) Basically say no to everything they ask after ordering (I picked a specific combination), or the cost will quickly go up. Even cheese on top means you will get charged twice for cheese! I'm not sure why it is so crowded, but the only local I saw ordered a wrap with one topping, which was much, much cheaper, and easier to eat.
  • Oh my this market is incredible, so much great food on display and to eat up stairs. In the basement there is a history area which is informative about the food sources in the area and more. Highly recommended if you want to picnic maybe on the Danube which is beautiful. The market is vibrant and colourful and produce is tip top :)
  • It's a nice place to visit. The lower level features local produce.There are beautiful vegetables, fruits, and an assortment of meats and spices. The upper level is handicrafts and also features some stands with already prepared food like Goulash and other tasty local dishes. To be honest it's not a must see stop but if you have the time and are looking for some souvenirs then it is worth a walk around.
  • Really cool place to shop. Walk around to find the best price for items, many vendors carry the same things for different prices. Bring cash! Very few places take card. The food offered is really good too, and it's all traditional Hungarian food!
  • Fascinating building. Take in the sights sounds and smells of this wonderful place. Grab a coffee on the upper tier & people watch. If you enjoy photography, then this is a must, some great colours and subjects. I did want to grab some food from the upper floor but by the time we arrived it was absolutely full. You could hardly make your way past people queuing on one side and people sitting/standing to eat on the other side, with people trying to pass both ways in the middle. Arrive early if looking for food as it all looked amazing and some stalls justifiably had long queues. Still recommend visiting this attractive market.

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